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For Immediate Release 6 October 2000


SDSMT Student Organizations Receive Award from Regents

RAPID CITY- At its regular business meeting held today at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the Board of Regents recognized two of the university's student organizations. Regents President Harvey C. Jewett, IV, presented the awards on behalf of the Board. "Participation in student organizations whether they are academic or physical promotes teamwork and builds confidence. The Regents present awards to outstanding student organizations because we know how much they contribute to the growth of our students."

SDSMT Vice President of Student Affairs, Patricia Mann presented the groups to the Regents. "Student organizations such as those honored today, are an important part of the college experience. I encourage all students to get involved in one or more of the many fine organizations on campus," said Mann.

The award for academic excellence was given to Phi Eta Sigma for its provision of academic encouragement by example and assistance to classmates and community members. Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for college freshmen. The goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among first-year students in institutions of higher learning. First year students who have completed 12 hours of college credit with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale are eligible to join. During the past year, Phi Eta Sigma members helped the Rapid City Literacy Council with several projects. The Council offers assistance to both elementary school students and illiterate adults. Many Phi Eta Sigma members informally tutored other SDSMT students in various subjects.

The award for organizational leadership was present to the Tech Soccer Club. The Tech Soccer Club promotes student activity in the sport of soccer. In Fall 1999 the Tech Soccer Club participated in the Great Plains Conference and placed fourth out of seven teams. The club also participates in the intramural program during the Spring semester, the Rapid City Men's Soccer League, the Football Fustal (indoor soccer), and has played the National American University JV team. Club members also play soccer with some of the faculty and staff Tuesdays and Thursdays on the practice field or in the gymnasium.

Erick Schoen and advisor Jolie McCoy accepted the award for Phi Eta Sigma. Jed Padilla and coach John Helsdon accepted the award for the Tech Soccer Club.


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